Teams look to floor leaders for guidance, support

Photos by Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald
Forest Park's Cole Mohr and Jasper's Cale Schmitt wrestle in the 138-pound weight class during Tuesday's match in Ferdinand. While Jasper won the meet 60-15, both teams were happy with what they saw from their respective leaders. Mohr, along with fellow junior Isaac Brosmer, are the two oldest members of the Ranger wrestling team and they've worked with their younger counterparts to help them learn the sport. For more photos from the meet, click here.


FERDINAND — Forest Park coach Craig Recker loved every bit of what he saw from Isaac Brosmer when he took on Carson Mehringer in Tuesday night’s dual-meet against the Jasper Wildcats. The junior used his aggressiveness and sound technical skills to impose his will on his freshman opponent and wasted little time getting the pin he needed to win the 113-pound match. The Wildcats wound up winning the meet 60-15 but for Recker, Brosmer’s performance was the ideal scenario when it comes to a wrestling match.

“He went after him, took him down, and controlled the match until he got the pin,” he said. “He looked real good, didn’t show any weak spots on the night. Can’t say enough about (Isaac) Brosmer, he goes after the kid and takes care of business. He looks really good out there right now.”

Brosmer and fellow junior Cole Mohr are the elder statesmen on a young Rangers team, so the other wrestlers look to them for guidance and direction during practices and meets as they all work together to improve their technique and grow as a team during the season. Brosmer tries to be as supportive as he can and share what we knows for the benefit of those around him.

“(I’m) just trying to encourage them and show them moves,” he said. “If they have questions, (I) answer the questions and show them what to do.”

Brosmer also puts his energy into cheering on his guys from the sidelines and help encourage them as they perform, letting them know they are not alone while they work their way across the mat.

“It’s important because the kids know you have teammates that will back you up,” he said.

For Recker, it makes his job as a coach easier when he knows he has guys like Brosmer and Mohr to lean on during the year.

“I put a lot of pressure on him and Mohr, they’re like our seniors even though they’re juniors,” said Recker. “They look up to them two, it’s nice as a coach. I can walk out of the room and things keep flowing. They’re just true leaders.”

Jasper senior Zachary Flynn, who didn’t wrestle last night due to limited numbers, fills that same role for the Jasper wrestling team. Flynn wrestled his way to semistate last season as junior and he, along with the team’s other seniors, does his best to impart what he’s learned on the guys around him so the team as the whole can get stronger as the season moves forward. But he sees his impact as going beyond just teaching guys how to escape holds or set their takedowns better.

“I think the most positive thing I’m trying to do is make sure everybody is acting like a team,” he said. “Such as everybody stands up and claps for (a teammate), win or lose, making sure everyone is getting warmed up, and making sure everyone is supporting each other.”

Jasper's Reece Fromme and Forest Park's Travis Haug wrestle in the 126-pound weight class during Tuesday's match in Ferdinand. Fromme was one of several Jasper winners on the night as he was victorious 7-4 over Haug. For more photos from the meet, click here.

“It gives the younger guys something to look up to and something to shoot for when they’re a senior,” added Jasper coach Jace Brescher. “They see a good leader in all of our seniors. I think it gives them something to shoot for. He’s a hard worker and has a good attitude in the room, and strong academically in the classroom.”

As for the rest of the meet, both coaches liked the way their guys competed at this early juncture in the season. In addition to Brosmer, Austin Hoppenjans was able to pick up a win for the Rangers in his 160lb match. Cameron Eckstein (120lb), Reece Fromme (126lb), Ian Giesler (132lb), Cale Schmitt (138lb), Will Collon (220lb), and Quade Popp (285lb) all took victories for the Wildcats.

Both coaches said this early in the season there is still a lot of room for growth from a lot of their guys technically, but their primary concern is upping the collective conditioning and cardio of their wrestlers. Once that is in place, the rest will all fall in line as they get more meets under their belts.

“We definitely need to work on some things still,” said Brescher. “I feel like our conditioning is a little better this year than it was at the beginning of the season in the past, but it’s still not where it needs to be.”

“I think conditioning is our number one priority at the moment,” said Recker. “When you’re conditioned you can finish the moves. When you’re out of breath you lose your strength and can’t do what you want to do. Thought we got winded tonight, we definitely got some room for improvement there which will make the rest of it flow.”

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